Captain James Hall is a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain and Minnesota Fishing Guide for Lake Superior and the St. Louis River Basin. Captain James has over a decade of experience fishing for trout, salmon and walleye. It is a serious addiction!
My journey to becoming a Charter Captain all started while attending UMD to pursue degrees in Psychology and Philosophy. While not studying for school, I would spend my time fishing area lakes and rivers learning different techniques and developing a taste for successful fishing outings. At one point, a friend introduced me to Lake Superior fishing. On the first day out, I hooked up with a 5 lb Rainbow Trout known as a “Looper”. From that point on, I became obsessed with “Big Lake” fishing, and I devoted most of my fishing time to pursuing trout and salmon. I learned how to use Dipsey Divers and Planer Boards and what tackle was appropriate for the varying seasons. Suddenly I found myself catching a lot of fish on every excursion, and it got me thinking about buying a bigger boat (naturally) so that I could eventually take people out professionally.
It has been an incredible ride to get to this point, and I am very proud of how far I’ve come over the years. I have a lot of great friends and mentors, and fellow Captains who have aided me in my success, and I am grateful for all the tips, advice, and wisdom they provide. The best part about this business is that I get to continue my education every day I get out! Lake Superior has become my new school, and I love the knowledge that comes with it. I am never going to stop learning. That’s what keeps life FRESH.
I love to learn, but I also love to teach. It is my pleasure to be able to not only introduce people to Lake Superior fishing, but to also be able to disseminate my knowledge to my clients. Some folks like the basics, some are trying to outfit their own rigs, and some just want to talk shop and boat maintenance (most of which I do myself and I love to do). In any case, it is fun being able to chat about my passion with each person that comes aboard. I hope you decide to book a trip with me, so we can have our own quality conversation.
“I am passionate about what I do, and I am very motivated to give you the very best Lake Superior experience possible, including catching the fish of a lifetime.”